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George paying donors back for e-mail suit

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

Morgan County District 4 Commissioner Stacy George said he started paying back people Friday who gave donations in his quest to review e-mails on courthouse computers.

So far, he said, he issued $745 in checks to eight individuals. He has $2,955 left to disburse.

“That’s as far as I’ve gotten,” said George. “Goin Smith raised the money, so I gave him eight checks to deliver today (Friday).”

George said he borrowed $4,000 from a bank in February to post as surety when seeking a restraining order and filing a lawsuit against Chairman John Glasscock, Data Processing Manager David Hannah and District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark. He alleged that the three kept him from looking at e-mails on the main server.

The surety amount was $4,500.

“I only borrowed $4,000 because somebody gave me a $500 donation right off the bat,” George said. “I plan to get all of the checks delivered. I had one person who said he wanted his to go to charity. I will check with him to see what he wants me to do.”

George said he issued the checks from his political action committee account and he plans to file the information on his campaign financial disclosure forms at the end of the year.

‘Appropriate’ action

“I’ve already checked with the secretary of state office to make sure what I’m doing is appropriate,” he said. “I’m humble that the people of the county came together when we had an issue like what we were dealing with: an elected official in a high position looking at pornography and sending it through his county computer.”

George’s litigation followed the County Commission calling off an investigation of inappropriate communications on county computers.

The probe started about a month after Glasscock and Jack Underwood, former human resources director, were exposed publicly for sharing e-mails that showed naked women. The computer expert who conducted the probe found materials that he called pornographic on Glasscock’s and Underwood’s computers only.

Glasscock sent the sexual e-mails to others outside the courthouse.

Circuit Judge Steve Haddock dismissed George’s lawsuit and ruled in favor of giving back the money he posted. Haddock’s final action more than a week ago ended the e-mail scandal that started in November.

Payback

Morgan County District 4 Commissioner Stacy George said he started paying back people Friday who donated money for him to get a restraining order to protect public records.

George said he gave back money to these people:

  • Goin Smith, $150

  • Margaret Smith, $150

  • Lowell Woodall, $100

  • Janet Woodall, $100

  • George Hudgins, $100

  • Paula and Brandon Bodkin, $25

  • Teresa Bennett, $20

  • Martha Childers, $100

    Source: District 4 Commissioner Stacy George

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